Säulen der Schöpfung (2017) a journey into the deep Universe

“A mix of Berlin & French Schools united to this prog rock that Nord has developed since a couple of albums and you have here a nice cocktail of genres in a very good album”
Sylvain Lupari (December 5th, 2017) synthsequences.blogspot.ro

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“Always inexhaustible, Sztakics István Attila’s imagination works relentlessly to polish up his style and his equipment for the delights of his fans and for the new ones who would be tempted by his skillful mixture of floydian progressive rock and of good old Berlin School. “Säulen der Schöpfung” is the 4th album of Nord in 2017. It pulls its inspiration from the Pillars of Creation (from where the title); a famous photograph taken by the Hubble Space Telescope of elephant trunks of interstellar gas and dust in the Eagle Nebula in April 95. The music? Nord was inspired by the Berlin School model purely and simply, from where the titles written in German. But Berlin School? I believe that Mr. Attila forgot that he drags in his musical arsenal since some albums a propensity to make progressive rock …
The title-track begins with powders of stars from which the dusty prisms float with waves of a synth still inoculated by layers of organ. A line of bass sequences skips in the background and dances with attractive percussive effects. That actually sounds Berliner with this introductory structure which starts from emptiness and creates a floating movement which goes adrift with a certain swiftness without wanting to assault its tranquility. The organ waves are intrusive. The race of the rhythm and its undulations of grass-snake remains always attractive. A keyboard loosens delicate harmonies around the 3rd minute. Their aerial capers come up against a riff heavy which resounds a few seconds farther. Superb, this synth releases some very beautiful solos, as well as layers of mystic mists, on a movement of increasing rhythm but always undulating. In fact, it’s the heavy riffs that feed the stormy approach of “Säulen der Schöpfung” which eventually explodes with a strong electronic progressive rock in the Pink Floyd tradition hammered by a furious drum and synth solos so stylized as those of Rick Wright. The recipe is good, why not to exploit it again with “7000 Lichtjahre”? Its introduction takes its roots with sharp movements of hopping sequences. Lunar and dreamy, the synth and its charms make very Jean-Michel Jarre. The rhythm eventually becomes more elegant with percussions which guide it towards a rock moderated by great waves of a synth as so cosmic than as the beautiful years of the French School. “Dunkelwolken” remains comfortably nested in this style with a soothing structure of rhythm, even if it remains so shaken by good percussions towards the finale, which bronzes itself of these good synth caresses coming from Orion and elsewhere from within the cosmos. With its rhythmic approach molded by minimalist oscillating waves, “Sternwind” charms our ears more by its very beautiful fluty song than its rhythm all the same galvanizing and especially magnetizing. Cut in oscillating sequences, this rhythm gains more strength but keeps the same form with very good dramatic effects (tympani drums rolling like some good Vangelis) which will never reach the emotional precision of this wonderful charming flute. “Der Adler im Nebel” ends “Säulen der Schöpfung” with another ambient and stationary approach. A thick cloud of sequences, assembled as perpetual riffs, fly lightly beneath the songs of a synth as heart-rending than nostalgic. Like each of the structures in this album, Nord blows the ambient and the rhythm with good implosions and explosions where other sequences and percussions light a delicious discord which always finds a way to harmonize. It should be noted that Sztakics István Attila uses here samplings of voice which speak in Cherokee.
In spite of an avalanche of albums available only on the Internet, Nord always manages to maintain a level of very acceptable interest with a well sculptured EM. “Säulen der Schöpfung” is not different! There is a good mixture of Berlin School, especially at the level of the sequences, and of French School with cosmic ambiences and harmonies. The aspect wild prog rock remains very present with flavors of Vangelis, in some harmonious arrangements, and of Rick Wright in the ferocity of the synth solos. A nice cocktail … don’t you think?”
Sylvain Lupari (December 5th, 2017) synthsequences.blogspot.ro

This album is inspired by the Pillars of Creation, and is created in a more
Berlin school manner and as this style is pure german, I gave to the tracks german titles. I hope you’ll like it as much I liked working on it.
released November 6, 2017

Composed, recorded, mixed, etc. by Sztakics István Attila.
On the last track (Der Adler im Nebel – The Eagle in the Cloud) I used some processed samples of spoken words in Cherokee language downloaded from www.freesfx.co.uk.
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